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Henry Moore returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Henry Moore ‘Reclining Mother and Child’ 1975 – 76












After the huge success of the landmark 2007 Henry Moore exhibition at Kew Gardens, this September visitors will once again experience an iconic Moore sculpture within the natural landscape of the Gardens.

This bronze beauty will sit within a more tranquil part of the Gardens where it will perfectly illustrate the clear synergy between Moore’s delight in the natural world and Kew’s celebration of nature and plant-based conservation worldwide. Having his works perceived within a natural setting was crucial to Moore’s vision, which makes this partnership between Kew Gardens and the Henry Moore Foundation all the more fitting.

Experience the emotive and changeable nature of viewing a sculpture in a natural setting through the seasons and watch this piece come alive amongst the vibrant colours of autumn with surrounding Ash and Alder trees, whose warm and fiery yellow tones will create a unique backdrop for this wonderful Henry Moore.

This organic and powerful piece is a rare and unusual Henry Moore as it is one of only three large scale bronzes which combine two of his favourite subjects; the mother and child and the reclining figure. This striking work explores the relationship between a small form and a large one; the mother and child, with the reclining female form suggesting the sinuous shapes of the rolling countryside in contrast to the angular abstracted child which sits upright, and tough in contrast to its tender mother.


Henry Moore changed the way that the world views sculpture and the Henry Moore Foundation, a leading UK arts charity, continues his work, preserving Moore’s legacy at his beautiful home in Hertfordshire and through exhibitions worldwide. The Foundation hosts wide-ranging exhibitions and research programmes at The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds and awards grants to art organisations in the UK and abroad. Kew is proud to have formed a continuing relationship with such an organisation and is thrilled to welcome such an iconic work into the Gardens.





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For more information on the festival, or any of Kew’s work, please contact the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Press Office on 020 8332 5607 or email

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.

Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew’s 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract over 1.5 million visits every year.

Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009.

Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.

Kew receives approximately half its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.

For more information on the Henry Moore Foundation please visit